|English: Compact Disc player carousel for three CDs. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
I haven't always been a frugal person. In my youth, I had a tendency to spend money that I did not have. I was definitely what you would call an early adapter of technology. When CD came out, I bough a CD player and converted all of my vinyl over to CD as quickly as I could. In addition to technology, I was heavily into fashion buying nice clothes and more than one pair of exotic cowboy boots.
When I got married and started a family, my spending habits came along with me. I wanted to provide nice things for my wife and my son. For years, I was able to keep things going, getting all the bills paid and providing for my family. Unfortunately, those habits eventually caught up with me, especially after getting laid off from one job and having to take a lower paying job. A few years ago, I ended up in a bankruptcy.
The bankruptcy led to a great many behavioral changes. I no longer have the latest technology. There is no blue-ray DVD player in the house, and I am sitting here watching a 27" tube TV, thought I think I may have to spring for a new TV soon as the picture is starting to go on this one. My fashion sense faded long ago, and is the genesis of this post, along with the occasional ire of my better half.
|Cowboy Boots (Photo credit: Andrew Scott)|
These days, I have about three or four pairs of casual pants and a handful of shirts in my rotation. For my casual weekend clothes, I primarily wear t-shirts, most of which came as freebies from promotions at Baysox games and beer launch parties at DuClaw's.
In the past, I was never hesitant to by myself new clothing if I needed them. These days, I am very reluctant to spend money on new clothes, especially on certain articles of clothing. There are just certain items that I don't want to spend money on. Consequently, I wear what clothes I have until they can no longer be worn.
It is that trait that drives my wife bonkers.
I think nothing of wearing a shirt that has a few stains on it or is fraying in spots. On more than one occasion, my wife has gotten on my case for putting on a pair of socks that has a whole in the heel. My thinking is that they still comfortable, and besides, who is going to see the whole in my heel if I have shoes on? In her mind, the socks have outlived their usefulness and should be replaced. I guess I can see her point, but not enough to go buy new socks.
Underwear happens to be one of those items that I am loathe to spend money on. Sadly, this past weekend I broke down and bought a package of new boxers. To be clear, I did walk away from the display a couple of times before finally biting the bullet and putting a pack in my basket. It was a good deal, as it was a bonus pack of boxers giving me six pairs of boxers for the price of a four pack. What a bargain!
I have to explain the current status of my old boxers so that I can justify the purchase. My old boxers have been in service for a few years now. Some of them have gotten to be extremely threadbare, especially in the crotch area. You could almost call them "crotchless" but trust me, they aren't sexy at all. However, they still are in the drawer just in case I haven't done laundry and don't have a clean pair of suitable boxers.
The other issue is that the elastic waist band has lost a lot of their elasticity. With my recent weight loss, I have been having a difficult time keeping my drawers up around my waist. I do a lot of tugging to keep them up. In fact, I often do not have to use my hands to take them off. I just wiggle my hips a bit, and down they go. So there you have my story. Sad but true.
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